Folks around the country are complaining about how long winter has stuck around this year, so I run the risk today of offending some people with yet another story about Winter. Yet today was a birthday of another Winter. His name was Paul Gotthilf Gabriel Winter (who often is seen as Paul G.G. Winter), and he was born on April 22, 1878. Paul was the son of August and Maria (Mangelsdorff) Winter. He was baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna, Missouri.
When Paul was 31 years old, he married Johanne Schuessler, also of Frohna. Johanne was the daughter of Gottfried and Maria (Jahn) Schuessler. She was born on December 23, 1880 and baptized at Concordia Lutheran Church in Frohna. Here is the marriage license for Paul and Johanne. They were married on June 8, 1909.
If you look closely at the license, you will see that the pastor who signed the form was Rev. Henry Schuessler. He was not the pastor at Concordia where this marriage took place. He was the brother of Johanne, and it appears that he spent most or all of his ministry in the state of Michigan. He must have been asked by his sister to come back to Perry County to perform this ceremony.
I was unable to find a photo of Johanne, but I found a few of Paul. It seems that the Winter family must have been more interested in getting photographs taken than the Schuessler family. By the way, several stories have previously been written about both the Winter and Schuessler families. If you are interested in reading them, you can find them by placing either Winter or Schuessler in the search box in the right margin. Here is one photo we have of Paul Winter.
We also have this photo of Paul looking rather dapper wearing a fashionable hat and sporting a mustache.
Paul was a carpenter in the Frohna area. In fact, several census records state that he was a house carpenter. He must have helped build several homes that probably still exist in Frohna. Here is Paul’s World War I draft registration.
When he was 64 years old, he was also required to fill out a World War II draft card.
Both of these forms describe Paul as being a carpenter. Our German Family Tree indicates that four children were born into this Winter family. The first one died soon after birth.
Paul died in 1963 at the age of 85 of prostate cancer. Here is his death certificate.
Johanne died in 1964 at the age of 83 as a result of several causes. Here is her death certificate.
Paul and Johanne are buried together in the Concordia Lutheran Cemetery in Frohna. Here is their gravestone.
I guess you could say that many folks around the country could have used a good Winter home this year.
One more note: I have agreed to be part of a visiting team for an accreditation process going on here at the local Lutheran school. That will take place the next two days, and it will require me to be busy all day and night for these two days. There is no way that I will be able to post anything on this blog during that time. I hope to be back in the blog business on Wednesday.